The Bloomington Police Department Wednesday is still seeking the whereabouts of the driver of a red 2015 Toyota Corolla, and a passenger in the car, after a protester was injured during a hit and run during Monday’s protest against racism.
The police said the local address on file for the vehicle’s registration is no longer a valid address so the police were unable to locate the owner of the vehicle. Police need to determine if the driver of the vehicle is the same person as the registered owner.
Police said the car has not been reported stolen.
Here is the media statement police released on the incident Tuesday:
On 7/6/20 at approximately 9:26 p.m., officers from the Bloomington Police Department responded to the intersection of N Walnut Street and E. 6th Street in reference to a personal injury crash. Upon arrival, it was determined that the vehicle involved in the accident had fled the scene, last seen headed eastbound on 6th Street.
Investigators determined that the incident began near the intersection of N Walnut Street and E 4th Street. It was reported that an electric scooter had been left in the roadway in the easternmost lane of travel. A red Toyota passenger car had approached the scooter and a male passenger of the car had gotten out and thrown the scooter out of the lane of travel. A 29-year-old woman then approached the vehicle and stood in front of it with her hands on the hood of the car. The vehicle began to accelerate, causing the woman to go up on the hood of the car. Another individual then grabbed the car and clung to the side of it as it accelerated rapidly northbound on Walnut Street. The two individuals remained on the vehicle until the vehicle reached the intersection of Walnut Street and 6th Street, where the vehicle quickly turned eastbound on 6th Street. This turn caused both the man and the woman to fall off the vehicle.
The 35-year-old man that had clung to the side of the vehicle suffered abrasions to his arms as a result of falling from the vehicle. The 29-year-old woman that had been on the hood was said to have been knocked unconscious and suffered a laceration to her head. She was transported to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of her injuries. Several individuals present at the time the altercation began provided investigators with cell phone footage of the incident. At this time, the vehicle involved has not been located and investigators are working to determine the identity of the man and woman inside the passenger car and their whereabouts.